Reminders from Jon Kabat-Zinn: "Wherever You Go, There You Are"



Mindfulness

It is the nature of our mind to go on automatic pilot and lose touch with the only time we actually have to live, to love, to feel, to grow, to learn.

Mindfulness is about being awake to the beauty of each moment as it unfolds. Doing whatever we're doing, right here, right now.



This is it.

We can feel the present moment unfold by pausing ... long enough to hold it in awareness. From now until the time we die, the present moment is all we really have.

If this were a later time of day, or a later stage in life, would you enjoy the moment more, or would you enjoy the moment less? Wherever you go, there you are. Moments unfold just the same.



Stop

We tend to be thinking all the time. Ordinary thoughts about other people, things to do, or what happens next, run through the mind, and we find ourselves on automatic pilot once more.

Stop. Sit down and be present, just watch the moment unfold. Turn your attention inside yourself, listen to your breath, feel yourself inside your skin. Examine your feelings at this moment, observant but not judgemental. Are you happy, sad, angry, tired, peaceful? Hold these feelings in awareness.

This is meditation. It is a conscious effort to be in the present moment, and to cultivate our ability to be in the present moment.

With practice, we can be mindful of feelings of joy, peace, and happiness which often go by fleeting and unnoticed. With practice, we can see the world as a huge playground to be enjoyed moment by moment.



Die on purpose

If you were dead, the world would go on, just as it has for all those who have ever died. In a sense, you really don't have to worry about anything at all. You don't have to answer that phone, or run that errand. You can just stop, and let things be.

By taking a few moments to die on purpose, you can free yourself from the onslaught of autopilot thoughts and activities. When you start and rejoin the living, you find that you are more alive than before.